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CEG1702 : Geographic Information Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Philip James
  • Lecturer: Dr Alistair Ford
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems.
To understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS and its uses and applications.
To gain hands-on experience of using a GIS to solve real-world problems.

This module introduces students to Geographical Information Systems and associated data types and formats. GIS uses a wide range of data to analyse data spatially and produce stunning visual outputs. Using GIS we can analyse data to look for spatial correlations and patterns and link data that shares a spatial location.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is GIS: Who uses it, why they use it, what you can do. What is different about spatial?
Data models for Spatial data: Discrete vs continuous field mapping;
Thematic Mapping: types of thematic maps, uses of thematic maps, classification models for thematic maps;
Continuous data: Sampling and interpolation, DTMs, heights and volumes;
Vector Data Attributes and databases: Data management and attribute data;
Data formats and data providers: standards, common formats, data providers (formal and informal);
Processing and modelling in GIS; Network analysis;
GIS interfaces: CAD/BIM;
Web mapping and Location based services;
Visualisation, design and output from GIS.

Getting to know GIS. Basic map layouts, data loading, navigation, basic thematic maps.
Geodatabases and editing within GIS. Managing data in GIS.
Thematic mapping. Comparison of classification types. Mapping quantitative data (e.g. census).
Raster analysis: Multi criteria Evaluation for site selection (slope, soil, geology, proximity etc.).
Using 3D data – calculating lines of sight using GIS.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:002 practical lab reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1710Geographic Information Systems
CEG8702An Introduction to the Fundamentals of GIS
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are introduced to core concepts in lectures and this is practised through practicals which includes 2 assessed practicals. The practicals have been developed to enable the students to work independently. Each practical session has a submission that repeats the core exercises carried out in the session.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CEG1710Geographic Information Systems1N/A
CEG8702An Introduction to the Fundamentals of GIS1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M22Data acquisition and modelling. Approx 2.5 hours work.
Practical/lab report1M28GIS Project. Approx 2.5 hours work.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students' understanding and knowledge of core theoretical factors underpinning the management, analysis and presentation of spatial data is assessed through a pc examination. Intended skills and a practical, working knowledge of data and software is assessed through assessed practical work.

Students are introduced to core concepts in lectures and this is practised through formative practical classes, two assessed practical and a larger independent piece of work. The practicals have been developed to enable the students to work independently. The practicals develop core skills to foster independent learning and exploration. These are assessed through a GIS project that allows students to utilise the tools, processes and data introduced in the module in a holistic manner.

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